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Cough and shortness of breath

Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli

Last Updated: March 6, 2020 7:48 AM
Anonymous 9 months

Hi , I traveled to Sweden (Bangkok & Doha transit) and return on 1Feb. Start to have cough and phlegm only on ~15Feb. Went to see a GP and prescribed Lingtus. My frequency of cough did reduce (still coughing) but today it takes more effort to cough and I’ll get shortness of breath after each cough. I’m worried if it can be something else. Please advise?

Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli 9 months
General Practitioner

Hi there. Thank you for your question.

First and foremost, I understand your concern regarding this current issue of coronavirus as there are an outbreak of this virus. As mention before, you have recent travelling to Sweeden with few transit and experiencing cough and shortness of breath.

My advise is to evaluate your health status in regards to this disease by answering the quiz on Risk Assessment for COVID-19. After completing this quiz, you will be classified into several categories as follows:

  1. Low risk: You have to perform self-quarantine at home for at least 14 days. You also have to monitor your health such as taking your temperature and look out for any COVID-19 symptoms like coughing, fever, and shortness of breath.

  2. Moderate risk: You have to visit your nearest healthcare facility to obtain further confirmation.

  3. High risk: You have to visit your nearest healthcare facility immediately. If you are confirmed with COVID-19, you will be referred to a specific hospital and receive further treatment there. You will also be quarantined at the healthcare facility for surveillance.

Besides COVID-19 infection, symptoms of cough can be caused by other health problems such as:

  • Bacterial or virus infection

  • Asthma

  • Allergic Rhinitis

  • Pneumonia

  • Tiberculosis

  • COPD

I hope this answer will give you a little help. Thank you.

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